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Melt! Liveblog: Der Samstag

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Hello again! After our first live blog in 2009 we are finally back at the fantastic Melt! Festival to cover the 13th issue as it happens – including photos (by Christoph Paul) and some first impressions (by Thomas Vorreyer).

Sunday, 16:40: The end is near … After it’s implementation in 2008, the third issue of festival day number three, the Sunday, invites us to a smaller (three instead of five stages) but even denser cast day. While Kings of Convenience are currently stroking their strings behind us, the Post War Years, Fucked Up, Crookers, WhoMadeWho, Slagmalsklubben and of course Goldfrapp and festival headliner Massive Attack are getting ready to hit the stages over the day and night.

Alas, we got a bit kept away from the blog yesterday because of interviews and more. So here’s eventually our review of the complete Saturday:

Despite of the mild weather the day kicked off quite slowly and turned out to don’t enjoy as much as highlights as the Friday before. Although, our dear Friendly Fires, who told us their gig at Melt! 2008 during the rain and storm mayhem was their first ever, played one of the by far best shows of the entire weekend. The band machine appeared to be very well oiled by now and the crowd cheered them, waving and dancing as one. During the new song “Running Away” even transformed-to-balloons condomes danced over our heads – interview follows soon. Of course, the dance-rock of Holy Ghost was lenient in comparison, while Hurts suprisingly well filled the light, late afternoon slot between these two on the Gemini stage with the usual big-gesture pop grandezza.

In the meantime the main stage got covered in some rougher sounds: Blood Red Shoes stormed powerfully, but solid as always through their set and Dendemann demonstrated the numerous international guests, that in Germany intelligent and brave hip-hop and mullet cuts can indeed go hand in hand. Parallel to this Darwin Deez stole their hearts of the younger crowd in the Intro tent, before The Big Pink entered it to blow the not fully filled tent away. But yet their grandiloquent guitar-synthie rock may would have fit the man stage better then the bit dry Jamie T did – interview follows.

Next: dance attack! Soul-pop singer Jamie Lidell, DJ Shadow, Sinden and German band Die Sterne played live parallel to each other. And it might hasn’t been a knockout victory, but a clear one by scores for Lidell, who thus had best sound at the Gemini. Here then Hercules and Love Affair took over the mic and beats with an almost all-new set basing on their new, yet-unreleased, second album. Sadly, the new line-up and their stringently chruny Chicago-to-Detroit oldschool mix, including the even sphericly re-arranged old hits “Blind” and “You Belong”, were a bit too many news for the crowd and the set undeservedly did not enflame everyone fully. Still, they all stayed at the stage to get loose of their coresponding dance reserves at Chromeo, who turned their gig with some nice audio and visual show extras into a really good on, before the DJs A-Trak, Tiga, Carl Craig and of course German tiro Moderat (Fotos) took over the direction for the rest of the night.

Chromeo, DJ Shadow, Hercules and Love Affair, Melt! crowd (2), The Big Pink, Jamie T, Friendly Fires (2), Dendemann, Hurts, Blood Red Shoes, Holy Ghost, Jamaica

Saturday, 16:00: The Melt! Saturday has just begun and while we are looking forward to the likes of Jamaica, Holy Ghost!, Darwin Deez, Maskinen, Hercules and Love Affair, Chromeo, Tiefschwarz and Hurts (and to interview Friendly Fires and the Big Pink), let’s have a short and final retrograd look on Friday night. After Jónsi some strange sitar sounds led us to Yeasayer, where Chris Keating showed up with a vocal performance with all the sexiness and extravaganza immediately reminding us of Prince and, yes somehow, Michael Jackson in their greater days. One haven’t seen and heard such thing in  quite a long time and would have perfectly fit on the big main stage, where The XX were facing the mammoth task to present their intimate and minimalistic compositions within such a great frame. Apparently, they did it master it well. Key role was taken over by Jamie once again, who was enthroned behind a great, white X on black ground and a laser light roof drawn over the Ferropolis. He not only did rearranged the band’s songs but relined them with some heavy beats. And who watched Oliver trying out some unexpected, standard rock bassist moves, can may predicted the possible new direction this band will take from now on. Who, who already did follow this electronic path on his own, is Kele Okereke off Bloc Party. While his muscle-bound body satisfied completely, his set did only partly considering quite a few lengths in it. Too, not totally convincing where Foals, who played a – compared to their own benchmark – just average set despite a very driven Yannis Philippakis. Headling their own day stage at beach Modeselektor then didn’t reach the maximum as well, although guest appearances by Bonaparte promised a lot more action. Alas, it turned out to be just the addition, but not the desired multiplication of their forces. But still there was a 100% great end with the energetic live set of autoKratz in the Intro tent.

Autokratz (2), Modeselektor, Foals, Kele (2), The XX (2), Yeasayer

Friday, 23:32: Another round of diverse gigs lies behind us. We smiled at all the adolescence in the front row of Two Door Cinema Club, left the stage to dance to a brilliant dubstep-electro DJ set by Jamie XX at the beach (!) and got pulled away to the main stage again by our German heroes Tocotronic. Here, Dirk von Lowtzow almost enthusiastically greeted the crowd and praised the resistance once again and just for fun, while Rick Mc Phail was miming a modern god of guitar. This spectacle got followed by a delicious visual sandwich: a blue flash light orgy and loads of cheesiness by Delphic, lightening and thunder at HEALTH, who fantastically re-structured “Crimewave” into a new, even bigger version, and finally Jónsi, whose great, but complex and intimate setting and show was maybe ab bit too intimate for the big main stage and the oval in front of it. Now we are looking forward to Yeasayer, Four Tet, The XX, Kele, Foals, autoKratz, Modeselektor ft. Bonaparte and many others.

Jónsi, HEALTH (2), Delphic, Tocotronic (2), Jamie XX, Two Door Cinema Club

Friday, 20:36: Words race with drops of sweat towards the keyboard – this Melt! Festival has already crossed its melting point. It’ sunny and super hot here and after the Audiolith Pferdemarkt yesterday at the festival side and the Introducing party in Berlin (photos below) Bonaparte and Midlake could finally open the big party to everyone, while the Big Wheel Stage was surrounded by a sweating mass covered in dust and seduced by the fine tunes of Oliver Koletzki. Then – parallel to Ja, Panik and Pantha du Prince – Sweden’s finest, the Shout Out Louds, hit the stage. Too bad they prepared an undercooled set to fight the heat. But they were some highlights still: the undestroyable beauty of “Impossible” for instance or their short cover of “Walking Like an Egyptian”, which now stands in a line with “Train in Vain” from their 2007er Melt! appearance. Now Two Door Cinema Club, Jamie XX and Tocotronic are about to begin. Looks like everyone reached working temperature immediately.

Shout Out Louds, Converse Mainstage

Post War Years and Alexander’s Festival Hall, Introducing (yesterday in Berlin)

Immergut Festival 2010

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A German poem goes, “The May makes all things new, makes the soul fresh and free. Leave the house, come out. All around gleams sunshine. Bird’s song and horn-rimmed music sounds along the wood.” Few lines, which, too, perfectly suit the Immergut Festival 2010.  Indeed, it not only takes place at the end of May, but is one of the first open-air festivals of the year offering a nice and warm start in the festival season.

Anyway, May hasn’t done everything above yet, except making the Immergut way newer this year. As their primary purpose promoters are trying to restore the old festival charm again, since it has more and more turned into a mass and mainstream event in recent years.

First there’s a new motto, called “All Indian”, for May 28 and 29 and 5000 visitors are invited to celebrate wildly, playfully and brightly dressed with each other. Likewise new will be the third stage seeing songwriters perform and pop authors read out from their books. In addition, various works of art and paintings shall be issued on the area this year.

After all, the biggest change could be a possible relocation of the festival: at the moment the promoters are still searching for a better, more suitable venue as the present one. Nevertheless, it is certain that the Immergut will stay at Neustrelitz. Update: Immergut will stay at its original location. And so for many the most important announcement is the proclaimed agenda to book more unknown and smaller bands to play at the festival again – in contrast to the recent issues.

So when a few weeks ago the first confirmations were announced, people were slightly surprised to find some bigger names on the bill once again. F.i. German electro rock act Mediengruppe Telekommander is anything but unknown at home and exactly the same once can say about the dressed up jesters of Bonaparte. Both bands played many big festivals last year and provided the crowds there with loud and extremely good parties – well, not the worst circumstances to break a promise.

Nearly dressed up like Bonaparte, but substantially more professional and maybe even musically more valuable, Efterklang (photo above) will definitely be one of the big highlights of this year’s Immergut. There are not many bands able to immediately fascinate you from the first tone on and don’t let you go before the ending of the last chord from this artistic bond, however, the Danes belong to them and have earned a good reputation with their melancholic and experimental style.

Too, we will see William Fitzsimmons again. The American singer and songwriter, who we interviewed last year last year, is no more an unknown artist as well, but the Immergut crowd may joyfully forgive the organizers for this. Especially glad one can also be about James Yuill. The likeable Londoner owns by his quiet voice and a accompaniment of both, acoustic and electro sound elements, a very high level of recognition.

Less known but a true enrichment are Talking To Turtles. They do not need a lot for their music, only an extremely devoted singing, a guitar, keyboard and a little bit of percussion. On this occasion the fact, that the band is not an import from the USA or somewhere else, but a local home-grown one from Rostock and Leipzig, is even more gratifying.

A little bit more snappy and electronical are Chikinki from Bristol, UK, rockers will get Tokyo Police Club and all fans of loud and electronic music will get their money’s worth with a Does it offend you, yeah?DJ set and Dancing Pigeons‘ live performance.

You can buy presale tickets for the 11th Immergut Festival in Neustrelitz for € 44,50 (plus garbage security and pre-selling fee). Who would like to visit the festival on Saturday only can get a 1-day ticket for € 33. In case the Immergut is not sold out at the festival weekend, late-determined can acquire a ticket for € 60 at the box office. Further infos can be found at

Update: In the mean time Immergut 2010 line-up got completed and the timetable is almost filled up. By looking at the list of confirmed acts it’s a pleasure to see Immergut getting its nice charme back. You will neither find chart-acts like Polarkreis 18, nor hyped bands like Kettcar at this year’s festival – but less known and smaller acts instead, for example Lali Puna, Official Secrets Act and Norman Palm. Also some newcomer acts like We Were Promised Jetpacks and Two Door Cinema Club confirmed their Immergut appearance.

Unfortunately two acts cancelled the festival: Does it offend you, yeah? won’t play their Dj-Set and Heinz Strunk is not able to be on stage. But the promoters quickly found two alternatives: Bibio and Rocko Schamoni will play instead.  Despite their completely cancelled European tour, Tokyo Police Club will perform at Immergut.

An Horse, Arezu Weitholz, Bibio, Bonaparte, Chikinki, Dancing Pigeons, Does it offend you, yeah?, Efterklang, Everything Everything, FM Belfast, Francesco Wilking, Heinz Strunk, I Heart Sharks, Ja, Panik, James Yuill, Jens Friebe, Karrera Klub Dj-Team, Lali Puna, Mediengruppe Telekommander, My Awesome Mixtape, Norman Palm, Official Secrets Act, Pitchtuner, Remmidemmi Dj-Team, Rocko Schamoni, Talking To Turtles, The Go-Team, The Kissaway Trail, Tokyo Police Club, Turbostaat, Two Door Cinema Club, Vierkanttretlager, We Were Promised Jetpacks, William Fitzsimmons

PHOTO: Benjamin Kürstein

Hurricane Festival 2010

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It seems that the booking team of the Hurricane Festival, taking place from June 18 to 20 at Scheeßel, Germany, have done their homework. While many festivals start to announce the first bands during the last weeks, the organisators of the Hurricane have already presented a lot of bands since the beginning of 2010.

Looking at the accredited bands you’ll recognize the variety of musical genres: they range from alternative-rock over electro music to soft synthie- and guitar pop. But most of the bands have one similarity: they played a sold out concert in germany last year. Consequently the hosts can be sure that the festival would be sold out, too. On the other hand, there is also an adavantage for the fans: Those who could not see the concert of their favourite bands have new chance to watch them.

Definitely, The Strokes are the first highlight of the line up list. Already last year the New Yorkers announced a new album for late 2010, but disappointed many fans because the members applied themselves to their solo projects. Fortunately now the fans don’t have to wait any longer. The band works currently on their new record and will surely present some new songs at the Hurricane.  Of course we hope that the performance will be as powerful as in 2006, when Julian Casablancas destroyed a camera on the stage (watch below from 0:52 min on).

Another crowd puller are the Beatsteaks. The German rock band will return on stage this summer. Additionally, the re-united Stone Temple Pilots will perform at the festival. And because we are talking about well-tried bands you can mention that more war horses of the music business are going to play: electro-punker The Prodigy, the two trip hop bands Faithless and Massive Attack, riot-Hamburger Deichkind and Sweden-combo Mando Diao. In contrast to the electric and heavy bands Jack Johnson, who’s been acting in the music business for a long time as well, appears almost like an alien element. Likewise German band Element of Crime is still running on adrenalin and must not miss at any festival today. As always Sven Regner and his band will guarantee a big portion of romanticism.

If you look a little bit down the line-up list, you will find many newcomer of the last year and the music is getting a bit softer and calmer. On of the rediscovery of the last year is The XX. The London three-piece does inspire many people with their melancholic synthie tunes and recently played even three sold out concerts in Berlin. Phoenix, post punk band White Lies, wonder women Florence and the Machine and La Roux with her sweet-pop represent further newcomer band at Hurricane. The boys of Two Door Cinema Club, who will release their second album soon, are a current insiders’ tip. Furthermore the Shout Out Louds will present their new album Work at the festival. Too, Boys Noize and Does it offend you, yeah? will guarantee strong electric tunes and German Audiolith Label is involved with Frittenbude.

The three-day tickets for the festival in Scheeßel cost € 120. Those who will arrive with a caravan have to pay additional € 20 for a camper badge. You can find further information on the festival-website.

If you live in the South of Germany you can visit Hurricane’s sister festival, the Southside Festival, in Neuhausen ob Eck. It takes place at the same weekend and has the identical line-up.

UPDATE: Today the Hurricane promoters confirmed more bands once again.And they couldn’t have been more different at all. On the one hand there’re Vampire Weekend. The New Yorkers provide a mix from pop, alternative and African rhythms for a big good mood soundtrack with their current and second album Contra. Bonaparte and Timid Tiger will also be out for as much fun. The boys of We Are Scientists present a considerably more like rock sounding music and with the Deftones for rather harder minds and Ska legends The Specials, the Huricane bookers have brought another two warhorses of the music business on board.

UPDATE 2: There will be a new stage at the this year. Until now Mr. Oizo, The Bloody Beetroots Deathcrew 77, Erol Alkan, Bratze and FM Belfast comfirmed their live performances. Besides the festival promoters announced some further acts, f.i. Biffy Clyro, for the other stages. You can find the complete line-up below.

Archive, Alberta Cross, Ash, Band of Skulls, Beatsteaks, Biffy Clyro, Bratze, Bigelf, Billy Talent, Bonaparte, Boys Noize, Charlie Winston, Coheed & Cambria, Cosmo Jarvis, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Danko Jones, Deftones, Deichkind, Dendemann, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Donots, Dropkick Murphys, Element Of Crime, Enter Shikari, Erol Alkan, Faithless, Florence and the Machine, FM Belfast, Frank Turner, Frittenbude, Good Shoes, Horse the Band, Hot Water Music, Ignite, Jack Johnson, Jennifer Rostock, K’s Choice, Kashmir, Kap Bambino, Katzenjammer, La Roux, LaBrassBanda, LCD Soundsystem, Local Natives, Madsen, Mando Diao, Marina & the Diamonds, Massive Attack, Moneybrother, Mr. Oizo, Paramore, Phoenix, Porcupine Tree, Revolverheld, Shout Out Louds, Skinred, Skunk Anansie, Stone Temple Pilots, Tegan & Sara, The Blackout, The Bloody Beetroots Deathcrew 77, The Gaslight Anthem, The Get Up Kids, The Hold Steady, The Prodigy, The Specials, The Strokes, The Temper Trap, The XX, Timid Tiger, Turbostaat, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, We Are Scientists, White Lies, Zebrahead

Update: March 31 2010, 00:50 p.m.; original article published: March 8 2010, 11:30 a.m.

Kitsuné Maison Night hits Berlin

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Kitsuné Maison the jack-of-all-trades in the current global hipster label community is doing pretty well once more: their main current main act, Hamburg’s electro duo Digitalism, is working on a new full-length, a new -as usual- well selected (but barely suprising) Kitsuné Maison compilation (#8 ) is out now and beneath their clothing and record divisions the Parisians are now curating a new own publication, called ME Magazine.

kitsune maison nacht berlinTo not let the fruits of this extraordinary creative power vanish somewhere in the target group’s skinny jeans’ pockets and blank CD boxes Kitsuné Maison launched a new tour covering nearly half of the world featuring a stop-by in Berlin on November 27. The global chic with French touch will be served live by Delphic – well known from the Melt! festival – and Two Door Cinema Club with a lot of various support acts.

Expect Delphic to play one of their better gigs since their new single “This Momentary” will be released on the same day and they should know that needs a celebration! See video below together with a new visual piece by Two Door Cinema Club which leads us to join Moritz Schmall praising the work of responsible directors Megaforce.

The two bands, both British, will be supported by the Phenomenal Handclap Band from New York City plus – at the DJ desks – Munk and Valis. In addition to that the 2nd, Berlin Battery Floor will see performances by our favourites Appaloosa and DJ sets by Shir Khan, Jack Tennis and Dj Supermarkt.

The whole thing will take place at  Ritter Butzke and not -as previously announced- at Haus am Köllnischen Park. How much fun such a Kitsuné Maison Night can be, already told us our London correspondent ANNA FERRARO, who saw the tour stopping by in London on Halloween featuring Yuksek. See two pics (and the header one above) below (videos afterwards).

But before that you should get in touch with us and send your name to to win two tickets for you and one friend for the whole night! The sweep is sadly over, all winners got informed.

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